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Thursday, March 23, 2023

Trade union protest against uncertainty and for increase in wages

30 trade unions in Montreal demonstrated on Monday against “increasing uncertainty” of workers and wage increases in the context of high inflation.

Posted yesterday at 2:48 pm.

Frederick-Xavier Duhameli

Frederick-Xavier Duhameli

A few hundred people gathered in La Fontaine Park in the afternoon and then marched on Cherrier Street displaying banners with anti-capitalist messages.

The unions are launching “a call for owners to pay for inflation, demand for catch-up pay and indexation of wages to the cost of living”, a press release from the Confederation of National Trade Unions (CSN) said. I can read. , “Companies take advantage of inflation to raise their prices, enabling them to make record profits”, it is condemned, which coincides with the conclusion of a study by the Research and Development Institute. Socio-economic information (IRIS) published in Aug.

“We are here to alleviate this situation, but also to call for maintenance and reinvestment in public services,” said Marc-एडdouard Joubert, president of the regional council FTQ Metropolitan Montreal, who met on site.

Dominique Degnoault, president of CSN’s Metropolitan Montreal Central Council, has a more ambitious objective: “What we are calling today is nothing but the exploitation of workers,” he declared. It also claims that “we can live in a society where we are based not only on the profit that the richest population can reap, but on the well-being of the population”.

“The pandemic has exposed the extent to which workers are protected in the face of unemployment,” said Jeremy Dhavarnas of the Mouvement Action-Chmage de Montréal, quoted in a CSN press release. “Temporary measures have improved the situation”, according to him, but union organizations condemn the end of September easing the conditions for access to employment insurance.

“It’s back to square one for those who have the misfortune of finding themselves unemployed: a one-way ticket to poverty,” he said.

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